WEST PALM, Fla. - Dr. Bernard Klein, 86, of West Palm Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully on Monday, July 1, 2013.
Bernard was born on July 2, 1926, in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Dorothy and Jacob Klein. During World War II
Bernard served in both in the U.S. Army as a rifleman in 1945 and in the U.S. Navy
as a seaman in 1946. He completed his undergraduate studies at New York University
and received his medical degree from New York Medical College, Flower Fifth Avenue – now Valhalla. In 1953, he opened a family medical practice in South Meriden, Conn. Dr. Klein enjoyed practicing medicine and caring for his patients and their families for over 46 years until he retired. Dr. Klein was the medical director of a local nursing home for many years. Dr. Klein earned a Diplomate status in 1978 from the American Board of Family Practice after recertifying his medical credentials and was a Life Member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He had a tremendous love for the outdoors and was an avid golfer, played tennis and skied. He traveled throughout the world with his wife and friends. He always enjoyed playing the piano and was an accomplished painter. Always optimistic, he found the best qualities in people and was always available as adviser and friend. He was a member of Temple B'nai Abraham in Meriden and Temple Judea in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Bernard is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Valerie Jewel Klein; four children, Carron (Arthur) Landau, of Scottsdale, Ariz., Lauren Klein, of Newport Beach, Calif., Jay (Karen) Klein, of Scarsdale, N.Y., and Peter Klein (Ellen Teig,) of New Haven. Bernard has seven loving grandchildren, Ross (Eileen), Seth, Julia, Josh, Aliza, Allie and Jordon; and his great-granddaughter, Shea. He is also survived by his sister,Phyllis Landau; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be on Wednesday, July 3, 2:30 p.m. at Star Of David Chapel in West Babylon, NY. Shiva will be held at the home of Jay and Karen Klein, Scarsdale, NY. Donations can be made in memory of Bernard at The Red Cross, Hadassah or any